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Monday, June 16, 2014

Tea Time



Morning tea is fine from a mug, preferably china. But afternoon tea calls for something a little more civilized. I have two of these hostess sets, handed down to me from my mother-in-law. I'll have to ask her if she remembers where they came from. They were made in Japan. Don't you think they are such a practical design, with room for a little treat alongside the cup?
 

Roses are a favorite adornment for tea cups. I like the softness of these and the gold edging on the handle, base and plate. 
 

After a rather windy, chilly weekend, the sun has returned and it was warm enough to enjoy afternoon tea in the garden, with fresh raspberries (they are very early this year) and a bit of dark chocolate. The tea is Red Rose orange pekoe, fairly weak. 

Joining Tea Time at Rose Chintz Cottage

31 comments:

  1. Looks so lovely! I have some of my mother-in-law's rose teacups, too!

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  2. A lovely tea set - and I agree, so practical. We haven't seen any raspberries down here yet - but the fields are beginning to look like the berries are close to ripe - I can't wait!

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  3. Lovely relaxing images!

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  4. Your tea sounds fabulous! We've had very wild weather today--hail, thunder so loud it startled me, rain and a mix of sun and clouds. Raspberries sound divine--heard today our yellow ones are now ripe:)
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  5. Lorrie, those tea sets are just so beautiful and pracitcal. My mom used to have a large set of clear ones that she used when she had ladies meetings at our house.

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  6. A perfect design! Of course, I'd have to refill mine a few times. My (fine bone china) usual tea mug holds at least 3x as much!

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  7. Comme c'est beau ! Tu as raison, les roses sont un motif très approprié et très délicat. Et quelle bonne idée qu'il y ait de la place pour une petite gourmandise sur l'assiette ! Cette année, les framboisiers du voisin ont fait des rejets chez nous, nous aurons aussi bientôt des framboises et on est bien contents ! Passe une excellente journée

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  8. Absolutely agree. Mugs in the morning cups in the afternoon. xx

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  9. I agree about the mugs in the morning, cups in the afternoon! What a pretty set.

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  10. It would be wonderful to enjoy tea in the garden from such a pretty tea set. The raspberries look delicious.

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  11. Hello Lorrie,
    It's nice to 'meet' another fellow Canadian blogger! Your snack set is really pretty and they do come in handy for a cup of tea and a wee treat on the side. My hubby's go to tea is Red Rose. So glad you joined me for Tea Time. I'm a new follower and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. Beautiful tea set! I like the colors of the flowers and the shape of the set as well. Delicious little snack to have with your tea!

    Deanna

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  13. A nice way to appreciate yourself. I love your banner, too.

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  14. Lovely! The hostess tea set is very pretty and a practical idea. I'm enjoying Earl Grey at the moment - in a mug. ;) I'm glad the weather has changed for the better.

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  15. Beautiful tea set, tea, raspberries, dark chocolate...delightful!

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  16. My mother gave me two of these tea sets in a different pattern than your roses and they do come in handy. I am sipping my morning tea out if a bone china mug and am craving those raspberries and some chocolate! I don't think it will be too windy today....

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  17. My mother gave me two of these tea sets in a different pattern than your roses and they do come in handy. I am sipping my morning tea out if a bone china mug and am craving those raspberries and some chocolate! I don't think it will be too windy today....

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  18. I don't own one, but I like the hostess sets some of my tea friends have, and use. Mmm, raspberries and chocolate together make sense to me and we drink our tea about the same - amber in colour.

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  19. I like those hostess sets. Room for a tasty treat! Roses are hard to beat! Happy Tea Day!

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  20. Very pretty Lorrie - and aren't we lucky our mothers and mothers-in-law appreciated fine china too!
    Fresh raspberries and dark chocolate - mmmm so yummy!

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  21. Lovely cup lovely treat. Yes I agree the tea sets are practical and so charming.

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  22. Such pretty petals on this elegant hostess set, and the perfect teatime treat to accompany it. Enjoyed out in the garden, I'm sure, was a lovely escape.

    Poppy

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  23. Tea needs to be celebrated, and a beautiful teacup is the way to go! It's the slowing down that is also an important part of the celebration. Oh and the fruit and c h o c o l a t e too!

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  24. What a lovely gift from your MIL, Lorrie. The tea set is just beautiful and perfect for your afternoon treat.

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  25. Such an elegant way to pause during the day & enjoy a cuppa tea! I never would have thought to pair raspberries with a nibble of chocolate but you can bet I'm going to try it ASAP.
    Your beautiful rose adorned "snack plates" are just PERFECT for the occasion!!!!!! I would love to have a similar set for when my quilting friends come to sit & stitch. I have 2 different "Luncheon" sized sets, that have the little well for the cup to stabilize inside but none are as small & as delicate as yours.
    I'm putting them on my "hunt" list!! Thanks for sharing them...they are beautiful.

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  26. Most civilized...your afternoon tea time! Red Rose orange pekoe takes me back to my grandmother's table...where the tea was served in her 'old country rose' tea cups. We are enjoying raspberries over here as well!

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  27. Tea always tastes better out of a china tea cup, doesn't it? Lovely tea set and pictures.

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  28. Lovely tea. It is little moments like this that make life sweeter!! Clarice

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  29. Very pretty tea plates and cups. And you are right, they are just right for a little tea snack. Raspberries and chocolate would be a favorite. Red Rose tea can be delightful too. I usually ice Red Rose tea and quite enjoy during the summer months.

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